An English tutoring column by Ralph Schatzki who would like you to join him
in the task of saving the language, step-by-step, word-by-word, one person at a time.
BRB! RUOK? No, these aren't word puzzles- at least not for many.
Text-messaging, Twitter feeds, "artistic" shorthand- the English language
is changing before our very eyes...and not always for the worse!
Still, there are certain things people say, write and do when using the English language
that are, frankly, wrong. Many are not a big deal, some are more egregious, and others
are just so unspeakably horrible they make me cringe.
I will discuss these in a way that I hope is fun and educational, and most importantly
in a way that (I hope) will effect change: often back to the way they were! Of course,
I know my efforts might seem inconsequential compared to the billions of people who speak
and write English, but if I can make a few things clearer then I will feel I have accomplished
something worthwhile. And, if not? Well, just writing is helpful as catharsis.
English is such a wonderful means of expression that it must be both preserved and enriched.
So, read on and be amused, enraged, enlightened, insulted, enthralled or bored.
A proofreader, editor, author, math teacher and tutor, professional opera singer, ex-lawyer (by his own choice), sports fan, husband and
father. He has lived on both American coasts, as well as in the southwest and midwest, and overseas in Thailand for more than thirteen
years. He loves to read, write and perform, to watch sports, and to spend time with his family.
If you are pleased with this column,
please treat us to a cup of Joe!